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Random Writing Quote:

“Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself...It's a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”

--Harper Lee

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Date: November 17, 2018

Speaker: Wendall Thomas

Topic: "You Talkin' to Me?"

Wendall Thomas

Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer.

Her novel Lost Luggage was nominated for Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017. Her short fiction has appeared in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015) and Last Resort (2017), her story “Forget That Day” will appear in the upcoming Murders A-Go-Gos, and her next Cyd Redondo mystery, Drowned Under, is due out in February.

Philip Marlowe, Hercule Poirot, Kinsey Milhone, and Stephanie Plum all have one thing in common: unique, addictive voices. From the beginning of modern crime fiction, dialogue and first person narration have been vital to what makes the novels work and what readers love about the genre. Using examples from both novels and film, I’ll be breaking down the elements to consider when creating your characters’ voices and offering practical advice on constructing rhythm, banter, and subtext in your dialogue.

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Upcoming December 15, 2018:


Speaker: Paul Marks

Date: December 15, 2018

Topic: "How to Write Short Stories Using Screenwriting Techniques"

Paul Marks

Paul D. Marks is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning noir mystery-thriller White Heat, set during the Rodney King “riots” and its sequel Broken Windows, mystery-thrillers that take place in the 1990s, though the issues they deal with, racism and immigration, respectively, are still things firing up the news today. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” Broken Windows, deals with the contentious immigration issue. Publisher’s Weekly says: “Fans of downbeat PI fiction will be satisfied…with Shamus Award winner Marks’s solid sequel to 2012’s White Heat.”